The Mentalist Jolly Red Elf S03E10 (CBS)

The Mentalist tells the story of Patrick Jane played by Simon Baker, a man specializing in studying the micro-expressions of people who became involved with trying to catch a serial killer named Red John. Red John killed his wife and daughter. Since then, Jane has been working with the stupidly named CBI, California Bureau of Investigations, a kind of state police.

Robin Tunney plays Agent Lisbon, who is in charge of the unit. Van Pelt is the new agent on the squad. Rigsby has a crush on her. The Mentalist is kind of like the TNT show Psych, but it’s not a comedy, it’s a drama. I’ve enjoyed this series because it’s light and interesting. I’ve kind of come to despise Criminal Minds.

Jane uses his semi-celebrity and his lack of protocol to solve cases quickly, cases in which the CBI wouldn’t be able to come up with answers without him. Each episode has the color red in its title. The Mentalist resembles the show Lie to Me, which premiered in 2009 on Fox. The Mentalist started on the 23rd of September 2008 on CBS.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Someone killed Santa. They find some kind of a suicide note in his pocket. His name was Benjamin Ripple, and he lived the life of Santa all year round. He ran a mail order store. Jane finds a sobriety chip in his place. His business was doing badly. Ripple didn’t write the suicide note.

Hightower gives a briefing and says that the CBI’s IA will investigate the death of the suspect who was doused in accelerant and lit aflame. JJ Laroche is in charge.

Jane goes to the place where the killer died. Jane spotted a lighter which wasn’t logged into evidence. Laroche has it.

Van Pelt and Rigsby investigate the Authentic Santa Society. Ribble was the president of the society.

Laroche tells Lisbon that Jane is his lead suspect. Lisbon thinks that this is absurd. Jane is visiting Virgil, the old boss of the CBI. He wants access to Laroche’s suspect list. The person who killed Todd was also part of the Red John network, as was Todd.

Cho is talking to two Santas. They mention Roxy, a hottie with whom Ribble showed up at a gala. Jane is at the community center for the AA meeting. Laroche is listening in. He’s watching Jane. Jane went undercover and got Ribble’s sponsor as his own sponsor.

Ribble’s place was broken into. Roxy is being interviewed by Cho and Rigsby. She was paid to hang out with Ribble. She was paid by Jack Wilder, running some high-end clinic.

May confesses to Jane that she broke into Ribble’s place for a memento. Last week, Benjamin took a shot of vodka.

Lisbon and Van Pelt go to see the Wilder clinic. He died with alcohol in his blood two nights ago. That’s when Wilder was treating him. They use aversion therapy. Van Pelt questions a nurse named Layla. She says that Benjamin passed out after the tape was turned off. He was showing signs of alcohol poisoning. Wilder dismissed it and drove him home.

Jane poses as a rich client and goes to the clinic. He gets some electric shocks while drinking some shots of whiskey. Towards the end of the treatment, Wilder pumps up the intensity of the shocks. Layla manages to send Wilder away. She takes out a syringe and is about to kill Jane.

I’m a cop, well cop-adjacent.

She killed Ribble. She injected him with alcohol and then pushed him over the railing. Jane is drunk and Laroche shows up with his questions.

Virgil meets with Jane and gives him Laroche’s suspect list. He fixed Virgil up with May, the AA sponsor.

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